Albert Pujols is fifth ever with three 50-double seasons

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With an incredible 18 doubles in his last 33 games, Albert Pujols has made it back to 50 for the first time since 2004 and third time in his career. He got the last off Felix Hernandez in Monday’s victory over the Mariners.

Pujols put himself in exclusive company as just the fifth player ever with three 50-double seasons:

5 – Tris Speaker
3 – Stan Musial, Pujols, Brian Roberts, Paul Waner
2 – Craig Biggio, George Burns, Nomar Garciaparra, Charlie Gehringer, Hank Greenberg, Todd Helton, Billy Herman, Chuck Klein, Edgar Martinez, Joe Medwick

Pujols is the only player to achieve three 50-double and 30-homer seasons. While Musial had several 30-homer seasons later in his career and did get to 50 and 30 once, he had just 12 and 16 homers in his first two 50-double seasons. Speaker, Roberts and Waner never hit 20 homers in a season.

Umpire admits he blew the call that got Joe Maddon ejected last night

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Last night in the top of the eighth inning of the Dodgers-Cubs game, Curtis Granderson struck out. Or, at the very least, he should’ve. After the game, the umpire who said he didn’t admitted he screwed up.

While trying to squelch a Dodgers comeback, Wade Davis got Granderson into a 2-2 count. Davis threw his pitch, Granderson whiffed on it, it hit the dirt, and Willson Contreras applied the tag for the out. End of the inning, right? Wrong: Granderson argued to home plate umpire Jim Wolf that he made slight contact with the ball, Wolf, after conferring with the other umps agreed, and Granderson lived to see another pitch.

Before he’d see that pitch, Joe Maddon came out to argue the call and got so agitated about it all he was ejected for the second time in this series. He was right to argue:

It all ended up not mattering, of course, because Granderson struck out eventually anyway.

Normally such things end there, but after the game a reporter got to Wolf and Wolf did something umpires don’t often do: he admitted he blew the call:

It’s good that the bad call ended up not affecting anything. But the part of me who likes to stir up crap and watch chaos rule in baseball really kinda wishes that Granderson had hit a series-clinching homer right after that. At least as long as it didn’t result in Cubs fans burning Chicago to the ground.